Year: 1992 Source: Journal of Consumer Research, v.19, no.2, (September 1992), p.155-179 SIEC No: 19920866

This article reviews & integrates recent theories of addition drawn from a diverse set of disciplines to provide a comprehensive framework for understanding the etiology of addiction & other compulsive behaviours. Two a priori themes – serial/simultaneous addictions & personal crises/role transitions – & five emergent themes – relapse, deception, dysfunctional families, suicide, & boundaries, are discussed. (54 refs.)